Moderator & Jury 2018

Moderator & Jury 2018


Dory Grandia is communication faculty member for the Erasmus Centre for Women and Organisations. She delivered a TEDx talk in 2015 about the relationship between feelings of authenticity in women, and the nature of leadership and confidence. Using her experience in the political arena, on the operatic stage, and in leadership and communication programmes she helps people develop their communication range and increase their influence. She studied Asian studies and development economics at the University of Texas at Austin, and vocal performance at the Mannes Conservatory/New School University in New York City. She has also performed as an operatic soprano in lead roles in the Netherlands, France, and the USA.

Jury Members

Johan Hofstra is chairman of the jury and of the RSM I WILL Embassy. He is a specialist in strategy, leadership development, innovation and transformation, and is CEO of ProjectX; Brand Innovation Company and Business Pioneers. He has experience in identifying business opportunities, evaluating commercial viability and creating value via focus, innovation and growth generation. He designs, delivers and directs business concepts on innovation, and transformation programmes for leading Dutch and international organisations.

Magdalena Cholakova is an assistant professor in RSM’s Strategic Management & Entrepreneurship Department, and an affiliated faculty member at the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship. She obtained her PhD from Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. Her expertise is in studying the factors that support effective decision-making under high uncertainty. She focuses on the evaluation process of early stage investors, as well as on the decision process of entrepreneurs, exploring the reasoning strategies that support them in establishing customer validation and in coping with failure. Magdalena is also interested in crowdfunding, and in individual behaviour in environments, characterised by high institutional complexity. She is passionate about studying how to foster entrepreneurial skills, and engages with this subject both through research and teaching.

Marc Gijsbers is chairman of the board for RSM STAR, Europe’s largest student-run study association. He focuses on STAR's long-term strategy, leading and facilitating fellow board members, maintaining relationships with external parties and supervising the Erasmus Consultancy Project. Marc is also responsible for STAR's CSR strategy and implementation. He graduated from RSM’s BSc in International Business Administration in 2017. During the programme he studied at the Waikato Management School in New Zealand for his bachelor exchange.

Lyubka Sokolova is an investment manager at Robeco Private Equity, responsible for funds and co-investments. Before joining Robeco, she worked at NIBC Bank for seven years where her last position was vice-president restructuring and distressed assets. Lyubka also held various positions at risk, and had temporary placements at M&A and corporate lending. She has also acted as a mentor to start-ups at the World Startup Factory accelerator in The Hague and recently joined as a mentor the Startupbootcamp in Amsterdam. She holds an MSc in Finance & Investments and a BSc in International Business Administration from RSM.

Steef van de Velde is Dean and Professor of Operations Management and Technology at RSM. As the dean, his main responsibility is to develop and implement strategies that strengthen the reputation of RSM. His research interests are operations excellence, service operations, and supply chain management. His articles have been published in leading academic journals. Steef holds an MSc in Econometrics from the Erasmus School of Economics and a PhD in mathematics and computer science from Eindhoven University of Technology.